NEUTRAL PARTICLE BEAM LOCATION, AIMING CALIBRATION AND TARGET HIT IDENTIFICATION

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Missile Defense Agency
Amount:
$50,000.00
Award Year:
1987
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
N/A
Agency Tracking Number:
4426
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Spire Corp.
Patriots Park, Bedford, MA, 01730
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
N/A
Principal Investigator
 Ward D. Halverson
 (617) 275-6000
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THE DETERMINATION OF MISS-VECTOR AND IDENTIFICATION OF HITS ON TARGET BY A NEUTRAL PARTICLE BEAM (NPB) IN SPACE IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR THIS ANTIBALLISTIC MISSILE DEFENSE CONCEPT. THE PROPOSED PROGRAM WILL INVESTIGATE THE USE OF ATMOSPHERIC FLUORESCENCE IN THE ZONE OF BEAM IONIZATION (STRIPPING) BELOW AND BEHIND THE TARGET FOR THIS PURPOSE. THE COLLIMATED ZONE OF ATMOSPHERIC LUMINESCENCE WOULD INDICATE THE RELATIVE POSITIONS OF THE TARGET AND THE BEAM; HITS ON TARGET WOULD BE SIGNALED BY A STRONG DECREASE OF ATMOSPHERIC EXCITATIONS. THE PROGRAM WILL ESTABLISH LUMINESCENCE SIGNAL LEVELS, SIGNAL/NOISE RATIOS, AND MATHEMATICAL RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THEM AND BEAM PARAMETERS, ACCELERATOR PLATFORM AND TARGET LOCATION, RELATIVE VELOCITIES, AND GEOPHYSICAL CONDITIONS.

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